A stakeholder dialogue on European vulnerability

A.C. de la Vega-Leinert, D. Schröter, R. Leemans, U. Fritsch, J.C. Pluimers

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A stakeholder dialogue was embedded in the ATEAM project to facilitate the development and dissemination of its European-wide vulnerability assessment of global change impacts. Participating stakeholders were primarily ecosystem managers and policy advisers interested in potential impacts on `Agriculture¿, `Forestry¿, `Water¿, `Carbon storage¿, `Biodiversity¿ and `Mountain environments¿ sectors. First, stakeholder dialogue approaches to integrated assessment are introduced. Methodological considerations on stakeholder selection and dialogue implementation and evaluation follow. The dialogue content and process are evaluated from the perspectives of stakeholders and scientists. Its usefulness in the research process and the relevance of outcomes for stakeholders are particularly considered. The challenging compromises required to perform innovative research, which seeks to achieve both peer scientific credibility and societal relevance, are emphasized. Effective stakeholder dialogues play a substantial role in raising the visibility and meaningfulness of vulnerability assessments as critical means to improve awareness on global change and its potential worrying impacts on society. They further provide scientists with critical information on ecosystem management and sectoral adaptive capacity. These processes of mutual learning and knowledge exchange moreover foster a better understanding of the potential and limits of global change modelling and vulnerability assessment for policy and ecosystem management
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-124
JournalRegional Environmental Change
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • climate-change
  • citizen participation
  • global change
  • management
  • assessments
  • uncertainty
  • scenarios
  • futures
  • science
  • policy

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